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Context 2018

juried by April M. Watson

Filter Photo is pleased to present Context 2018, our fourth annual survey exhibition of contemporary photography. This edition was juried by April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Juror's Statement

The myriad conceptual and aesthetic approaches to photography that characterize the medium today were in full evidence as I viewed the submissions for Context 2018. Across the board, the submissions were high caliber. My task was, thus, very difficult; less a matter of selecting “the best,” but rather choosing works that represented mature, creative ideas and adept techniques, whatever the genre or category of practice. That being said, my subjective proclivities for work that uses the medium to challenge mundane modes of perception are reflected in my final selections. The themes of memory—personal and collective—also weave through these works, though I avoided any stringent thematic underpinning, for fear such an approach would omit too many fascinating works. Ultimately, I hope my selections reflect the incredible wealth of talent that came together, in aggregate, for this exhibition. It is to Filter Photo’s great credit that they provide such important opportunities for talented individuals to show and share their works in such a professional and thoughtful manner. To that end, it has been a privilege to serve as this year’s juror.

Featured Artists

Ben Altman

Philip Augustin

Larry Chait

Daniel Chung

Laura Cobb

Troy Colby

Rachel Cox

Elizabeth Claffey

Elena Dahl

Marcus DeSieno

Alexander Diaz

Jim Ferguson

Adam Finkelston

Jennifer Garza-Cuen

Eui-Jip Hwang

Elise Kirk

Jordanna Kalman

Meghan Kirkwood

Susan Kott

Sage Lewis

Molly McCall

Mary McCloskey

Daniel McCullough

Casey McGuire & Mark Schoon

David Ondrik

Miguel Ontiveros

Astrid Reischwitz

Jamie Tuttle

Max Wagner & Megan Pobywajlo

Tara Wray


On View: March 16 – April 28, 2018

Location: Filter Space | 1821 W Hubbard St, Suite 207

Image © Jordanna Kalman

This exhibition was partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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